Want to download torrents on iPad at full speed, but afraid of jailbreaking your iOS device? Wondering if you can download torrents on your iPhone without jailbreak? Well, that’s exactly the problem we are tackling in the article.
There are many Torrent Downloading Apps for the iOS and iPadOS platforms in the market. These kinds of apps pop-up in third party app markets from time to time.
However, some of these torrent downloading apps can only be installed on the iOS and iPadOS platforms if they are jailbroken. The rest of them can be installed on your iPad using what is called side-loading into your system, without a jailbreak.
But for that you would need a broader know-how of how things work on the backend of iOS. Both these methods can be problematic because not everyone intends to risk damaging their device.
Additionally, even those users who want to jailbreak their iPhone/iPad, they are at the mercy of jailbreak developers for its availability. In this article we are solving this problem by sharing a new different way of downloading torrents on iOS devices with no jailbreak.
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In this guide we are going to use a download manager such as Documents by Readdle. We shall use this manager to download torrents so that you require no jailbreak. We will also use two other websites in the process to download torrents at high speeds.
Requirements before downloading torrents on iPad/iPhone
1. Install a download manager like Documents by Readdle Technologies Limited. You can download it from Apple’s App Store within a minute or two.
2. Secondly, you will need a torrent website for browsing and saving the torrent files you would like to download. For this you will have to look for a torrent website that is active. A simple Google search for active torrent sites would help you find one.
Steps to download iPad torrents
Step 1 : Open Download Manager
Open Documents app on your iPad and open the internet browser given in that app. Browsers of different download managers work differently.
Step 2 : Select a Torrent
Go to any working torrent site. Here, we have used “Piratebay” as an example. You can use any working torrent site of your choice. In that torrent site, search for the legal torrent you want to download.
Step 3 : Copy the Magnet Link
Long tap the Download link of that particular torrent. You will get a pop-up with 3 options – ‘Open’, ‘Copy’, ‘Cancel’. Select ‘Copy‘ by tapping on it.
Step 4 : Open ZbigZ in Download Manager
Now, open a new tab on your browser in iDownloader or UC Browser and go to www.zbigz.com.
Instead of ZbigZ, you can also use the following websites as an alternative.
Step 5 : Create Download Link
On the ZbigZ website you’ll see a URL field. Paste the Torrent link (which you had copied in step 4) in there and tap on the GO button.
At this instant, ZbigZ and the other websites, start a high speed download of your torrent files and upload the final files to their cloud servers. Wait for a moment. The website will now create the download link so that you can download the files to your device.
Step 8 : Start the Download
After the website creates a download link, all you have to do now is long tap on that file link and tap save to your device. Choose your location in the files app of your iPad. You can create a separate folder for your torrent downloads if you want and save them there.
What are torrents?
Torrenting is a file sharing protocol on the internet that is fundamentally different from all other ways of downloading a file. In the traditional way of downloading a file, a file can only be downloaded from a single source on the internet.
However, in torrents’ case, a file can be downloaded, bit by bit, from the source of upload as well as from fellow downloaders. Hence, by using up multiple sources of downloading simultaneously, torrents can potentially increase download speed of a file when compared to direct downloads.
These multiple sources are classified into three types. Here are the different kinds of sharing sources that you will come across in torrents, explained.
What are Seeders, Leechers and Peers?
Seeders are those users who have completed their download and have made their files available for other online users to download. The number of seeders in action is often the most important metric when selecting a torrent file.
Peers are those users that are still in the process of completing their download. They have some parts of the file already downloaded on to their device while they wait for other parts of the file to complete their download. Peers are very important to increase the overall speed of your download.
Leechers are those users who have just started downloading their files using that torrent file. So, they basically are competing for the same resources that you intend to use. Leechers can be a problem in the absence of a good number of seeders to download from.
Why do people use Torrents?
The internet has developed rapidly in the past two decades, but not everyone can afford a high-speed internet connection yet. As a result, slower internet speeds may make it cumbersome for such users to download heavy sized files.
In that context torrents have emerged as the easiest means to share large-sized files among multiple internet users. Additionally, the speed of downloading torrents may not be limited to your ISP speed. Using proper porting techniques anyone may get download speeds that are much faster than what they are otherwise used to.
Are there Torrent Apps in Apple’s App Store?
Android users have access to loads of torrent clients such as BitTorrent and uTorrent on Google’s Play Store. These apps can download torrents without a jailbreak or a root access on android devices. At the same time, iOS users struggle to find even a single such app in Apple‘s App Store.
The key reason for this is the set of regulations Apple has placed on App Store. One of Apple’s guidelines, inspired by its respect for copyrighted content, is to block torrenting apps from entering the iOS platform at any rate. The curators of the App Store follow that strictly and they have a successful track record in this regard.
That’s where iOS jailbreaking comes into the picture. Jailbreaking unlocks a number of commonly used features that iOS users are otherwise deprived of. One such feature is the ability to download third party apps like uTorrent.
But jailbreaking is a whole other process that has its own learning curve. In case you are skeptical of jailbreaking, there are plenty of alternatives you can use, just like the guide we have written for downloading torrents on iPad without jailbreak.
It is common practice to use ‘Safari‘ in the process of downloading files from sites like ZbigZ. But, the Safari browser sometimes downloads the files and other times streams them directly, which can be a problem. So, sticking to the likes of Documents app can be the better option.